Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Pat Carey):
That Dáil Éireann:
welcomes the initiative of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and related organisations to celebrate, on 18th July, the lifetime of achievements of Nelson Mandela, which have been felt all over the world;
commends the Foundation for honouring Nelson Mandela’s service to humanity by giving people of the world the opportunity of his birth date to embrace his values, through seeking to improve their lives through service to their communities;
honours the transformative and courageous leadership of Nelson Mandela who devoted his life to peace, justice and a better life for all;
acknowledges that courageous defenders of human rights — people determined to speak out against injustice, against oppression, and against the denial of human dignity, in circumstances which are often very difficult, are needed today more than ever; and
notes that Nelson Mandela’s legacy and the principles and philosophy he embodies hold a special place in the hearts of Irish people.
Question put and agreed to.